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Understanding Intonations

September 10, 2018

What is intonation?

All languages have their own distinct melody or music. This music of languages is called intonation, and it’s something you probably don’t even think about when speaking your native language. Intonation is the rise and fall of your voice when you speak. Many times, it’s just as important as your words in expressing what you want to say.

For example when you are angry your voice gets louder and when you are scared you voice gets softer or when you want to tell a secret, you whisper

Why is Intonation important?

Using the right intonation can actually change the meaning of your words.

For example:

I didn’t say he stole the money.

Are there types of intonation?

Yes, the two main types are

Rising and falling intonation

You use rising intonation when you ask a question and you use falling intonation when you make a statement.

How can I learn intonation?

The best way to learn is practice.

To improve your intonation, you will first need to become aware of it. So before you do anything, record yourself speaking. Choose a paragraph that has different kinds of sentences, read it and record. Now get someone who knows English well to record the paragraph. Listen to them and try and repeat.

Next, pick your favorite English movie on YouTube. Play and listen to the actors. Can you hear the feeling in their voice? Now try and repeat the dialogues with the same feelings.

You must practice this daily.